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Scrapbooking AS Therapy

Round Scrapbook Album by SundayL page 4I recently had a conversation with a lady who was telling me that she would have wanted to scrapbook her daughters’ pictures had they not been lost. 

She explained that somehow, in circumstances out of her control, the photographs of her 2 daughter’s childhood years had all been lost/destroyed and I could see that this obviously upset her, as it would me too.

However, I explained to her that this is precisely where Scrapbooking can actually help!  There may be no photos, but there are still memories.  I suggested that she might like to scrapbook her memories of events from the past and experiences with her daughters, even describing how they looked, or changed over the years and how she felt about them during this time.  Journaling like this can easily be enhanced with beautiful papers and embellishments, you just make a feature of the journaling instead of a photograph.  The page above has no photo, but it still has the purpose of conveying a message.

I even proffered the suggestion that she might like to make a scrapbook page of her feelings about the lack of photos available to her.  It may well help her to come to terms with the loss… and it is a loss.  When those irreplaceable items from life’s journey are taken from us, we do need to mourn them.

Scrapbooking can be such a creative therapy.  In fact I remember reading somewhere that Scrapbooking is actually being used in rehabilitation hospitals as an occupational therapy.

It’s a craft that can be as meaningful and deep as you want it to be, or it can just be the pleasure of surrounding yourself with colour and beautiful things.

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